The Bureau, originally named Le Bureau des Legendes, is a political thriller television series in the French Language created by Eric Rochant. The writing credits go to again, Eric Rochant, along with Camille de Castelnau, Cecile Ducrocq, and Emmanuel Bourdieu. The series is directed by Mathieu Demy, Laila Marrakchi, HelierMoutout, Samuel Collardey, and Eric Rochant, and produced by Eric Rochant, Alex Berger, and Pascal Breton. The filming locations include Paris, Syria, Algeria, and Iran. As it is a French series, it premiered originally on French television premium network, Canal+ in 2015. As it got positive reviews and earned a reputation as one of the finest French dramas series till date, it quickly got renewed for a second season. The series premiered in Canada and United States exclusively on iTunes, earning a position in the top five most downloaded TV series for two weeks, with a viewer rating of 4.5/5. In the United Kingdom, it premiered in 2016 on Amazon Prime and in Germany, it was broadcast to RTL Crime. The series has won French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Award, Le Parisien Award, Globes de Cristal Award for Best Series, and French TV Critics Association Awards for Best Production. The Bureau has been rated 4.8/5 on Sundance Now.
Alex Berger, the producer of the series, shares his most emotional moment in an interview saying, “We wanted to be as accurate as possible for the series,” explains Berger. “We contacted the DGSC and asked if we could interview someone. At first they said no, but when we told them that the project involved Eric Rochant they called back and agreed. When we showed the first two episodes to them it was one of the most emotional moments in my life.” He added: “We were taken through the DGSC building through a tunnel to another section. We entered a dark room. We heard the closing titles and then the lights came up and we saw there were 300 secret service agents watching. They gave us a standing ovation. We were utterly taken aback. They all thanked us, and said it was right on the nail. None of these people can tell their families what they do. But this series is so realistic it gets the message across.”
The Bureau Season 5 Cast: who’s in it?
The Bureau has the following people in their respective characters:
Mathieu Kassovitz (as Guillaume Debailly): He is code-named as ‘Malotru’. He has a daughter, an ex-wife in Paris, and a girlfriend from Damascus.
Sara Giraudeau (as Marina Loiseau): She is code-named as ‘Phenomene’. She is a young, brilliant woman who is under vigorous training to become the next deep-cover agent.
Jean-Pierre Darroussin (as Henri Duflot): He is the director of Bureau of Legends, a unit within DGSE, which is also known as the Service of Clandestine.
Lea Drucker (as Dr Laurene Balmes): She is a new recruit in behavioural psychology department as a psychiatrist. Her job is to assist the agents, the techniques of manipulating the targets. She is also a double agent for the CIA.
Zineb Triki (as Nadia El Mansour): She is the girlfriend of Guillaume from Damascus and a history professor in Syria.
Gilles Cohen (as Colonel Marc Laure): His codename is ‘MAG’. He is the Director of intelligence and also the boss of Henri Duflot.
Florence Loiret-Caille (as Marie-Jeanne Duthilleul): She is Debailly’s handler, who later becomes Loiseau’s handler after Debailly returns from Syria. She then succeeds Henri Duflot as head of the Bureau.
The Bureau Season 5 Plot: What is it about?
The Bureau is a series featuring the lives of the DGSE (General Directorate of External Security) agents, which is a principal external security service of France. Its story is based on former spies’ real accounts and is inspired by contemporary events and revolves around the mysterious missions and daily lives of the agents belonging to the Directorate-General for External Security. The series is focusing on the ‘bureau of Legends’, which is responsible for handling and training deep-cover agents on long term missions within the areas concerning French interests, especially the Middle East and Africa. The agents pursue only one mission, that is to identify and recruit eligible intelligence sources, by living under false identities for years together.